Welcome to the Small Miracles Doula Website
Small Miracles is a free birth doula program for women who cannot afford to pay a doula. Our clients include high school students, women referred by public health nurses, women receiving WIC, BadgerCare or medical assistance, or women who simply find themselves without resources.
Small Miracles Volunteer Doula Program is a member group of the Childbirth and Parent Education Association of Madison, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
We are solely funded by donations and grants.
As of spring 2016, we have stopped serving clients in order to make positive changes in how our program operates.
We are sorry for the inconvenience this means for potential clients, but ask your patience as we grow to accommodate more people in the future. Thank you for your support!
General Doula Information
What Is A Doula?
A doula is experienced in childbirth and provides continuous physical, emotional, and informational support to the mother before, during, and after childbirth.
How Does a Doula Help?
- She can show your other support people (husband, boyfriend, sister, mother or friend) how to be more helpful to you.
- She knows various ways to ease and speed labor.
- She knows what labor is like and can help you understand what is happening in your body.
- She can help you get information about any procedures that are going to be done.
- She provides calm, caring, continuous support.
How is Birth Different When You Have a Doula?
- Labor is usually shorter.
- Labor is usually less painful.
- After the birth, women usually feel happier about their babies and about being mothers.
- If labor is long and difficult, the doula’s help is even more important.
What Do Doulas NOT Do?
- A doula does not check blood pressure, monitor the baby’s heart rate, perform vaginal exams or do any other medical assessments.
- Doulas in our program do not drive women to the hospital or anywhere else.
- Doulas in our program are not allowed to buy anything or give gifts to the women they help.
How the Volunteer Doula Program Works:
- A doula who is available at the time your baby is due will be found for you.
- That doula will talk to you about your pregnancy and birth plans.
- When you think you are in labor call your doctor or midwife.
- Then, contact your doula.
- Your doula will meet you at the hospital. It may take up to an hour for her to get to the hospital depending on the time of day or night, how much notice she has had, or other conditions.
For more information about doulas, click on the following websites: